Travels in Rojava (part 2): Kobanê

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wpid-2015-11-13-14.56.02.jpg.jpeg Kobane city

“All religions have the same heart. We’re all one,” a man says to us warmly as we drink tea in his home.

We are in the city of Kobanê in Rojava, an autonomous and democratically run region in the north of Syria. In late 2014, Kobanê became the focus of the world’s media when ISIS attacked the city and surrounding villages. In response, the US eventually bombed Kobanê, flattening it in the process. As they fought ISIS, the bravery of the Rojavan YPJ and YPG fighters was all over the news, whilst their brother and sister PKK guerillas within Turkey’s borders were, and still are, branded terrorists by Turkey and its allies.

As we walk around Kobanê, we’re shocked by the absolute destruction caused by the bombing by the US and allies. About 80% of the city has been destroyed. 1.5 million tonnes of rubble has been removed…

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